This convertible standing desk does not use motors to change shapes

With this more mechanical concept of a standing desk, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthier working lifestyle without breaking your back or your bank.

Our reliance on computers to get work done these days translates into spending hours sitting in front of a computer. This doesn’t even consider some of the fun activities we do on our desks, at least for gamers or those who prefer watching videos on their laptops and desktops. It is natural for health experts to discourage this sedentary lifestyle and advise people to stand and walk every now and then. Some even recommend standing desks so you can work without sitting at all. Standing desks are not common nowadays, but not everyone who should use them can actually afford most of the options available. However, this concept defies convention and uses a simple mechanism to switch between a regular desk and a standing desk, eschewing the electronics and motors that make these desks too expensive.

Designer: Simonas Palovis

It’s just as bad to spend all your time standing like sitting. You need to give your legs a break or move them occasionally instead of staying still. For this reason, many standing desks are designed to raise or lower their tablet PCs to switch between different heights and configurations. Most often, these use motors, gears, and electronics to do the work rather than manually adjusting levels.

This is definitely more convenient and removes the hesitation that some people with standing desks might have, encouraging them to use the feature more often. It also makes offices more complex and more expensive than a regular office. There is also the problem of becoming completely unusable when the automated system crashes and leaves you stuck in either mode until it is fixed. Assuming it can be fixed at all.

The hub concept removes all of these variables while maintaining a simple system of switching from a regular office to a permanent office and back again. Specifically, it uses a simple pivot mechanism, hence the name, to move the larger desktop up or down as needed. As a bonus, part of the desk actually stays in place and is a good place to put things that are less likely to move, such as supplies or desk organizers. It can be a temporary bookshelf that stays at the back of your desk when sitting or under a table when standing.

The simplicity of this system means that manufacturers can reduce the number of parts and materials to a minimum, thus lowering the cost of the office itself. This also means that more sustainable materials can be used because they do not need electronics or even plastic. Purchasing spare parts can also be easier, as it is assumed that the owners themselves cannot make those parts from standard designs. This goes a long way in extending the life of a desk, which is not always what many standing desks offer.

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